Summary of “Will they hand the internet over to the big cable companies? Not if we do something about it.”

Congress Needs to Hear from You.Call your members of Congress and urge them to stop Pai’s plan.
Last week Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai revealed the anti-net-neutrality proposal his agency is set to vote on December 14th. These rules are way, way, WAY worse than expected.
If passed, this would eradicate crucial protections for free speech, competition, and innovation online.
It would be legal for big cable companies to create fast lanes, to throttle the speeds of competing websites, or to filter out social media posts they don’t like.
This could mean that you pay more for less of the web.
At this stage of political gamesmanship, Congress holds a powerful sway over this issue.
There’s already been a groundswell of opposition, but we need to raise the volume even higher so that every elected official knows how toxic Pai’s plan is.
Keep updated on copyright and other issues affecting Internet health.

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Summary of “We’re Going to Need More Gabrielle Union”

Ms. Union nodded, and soon everyone in the room was low-humming to Tina Turner’s classic “What’s Love Got to Do With It?”.Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?
End-of-the-line people were especially raw, Ms. Union said, as if their traumatic event just happened.
“We’re Going to Need More Wine” contains Ms. Union’s own heart-wrenching, deeply personal stories: about her infertility struggles, her childhood during which she lived in the all-white Pleasanton, Calif., for the school year and spent summers with her grandmother and cousins in a predominantly black neighborhood in North Omaha.
On Oct. 17, the day the book was released, about two weeks after the Harvey Weinstein story broke, Ms. Union told Robin Roberts during a segment on “Good Morning America” that she has been repeating her sexual assault story “With the goal of never having to hear ‘me too’ again.”
Ms. Union said that in her tour, only certain airports displayed the book, and that she had heard from readers that they had asked for it in certain cities, only to find it was still in stacks on the floor or in carts in the back.
Kima Jones, the founder of Jack Jones Literary Arts, a publicity company, and who mostly represents black authors – including the Pulitzer Prize winner Tyehimba Jess and the PEN America prize winner Rion Amilcar Scott – was not surprised that Ms. Union, who is not her client, felt “We’re Going to Need More Wine” received inadequate support.
Ms. Jones wondered if the glamorous aspects of Ms. Union’s life might lead sellers to underestimate the gravitas of “We’re Going to Need More Wine.”.
“There’s actually no reason we shouldn’t be talking about Gabrielle Union’s book beside Roxane Gay’s work or Leslie Jamison or Maggie Nelson’s work or any of the other women who are talking as critics of popular culture.”

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Summary of “To Recover from Burnout, Regain Your Sense of Control”

Maybe you feel like no matter how hard you work, you can never keep up.
You’re beginning to question your professional situation: Am I in the right job? The right company? The right career? I used to feel passionate about going into work but now I dread Monday and can’t wait until Friday.
In that state, you often feel like your circumstances are out of your control – as if everything around you is working against you.
To fight against this negativity, remind yourself you don’t need to feel like taking action in order to do so.
Breaks are beneficial for anyone – they help restore your energy – but they’re especially important if you’re burned out, in part because making the choice to take them demonstrates to yourself that you have some level of control, even on a micro level.
Finally, question your assumptions about the way that your work life has to be and what you have to do.
You could decide that at least one weeknight, you won’t take any work home.
Changing your mindset and taking small actions will help you begin the process of feeling less burned out and more hopeful about the future.

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Summary of “AI isn’t as clever as we think, but that doesn’t stop it being a threat”

How clever is artificial intelligence, really? And how fast is it progressing? These are questions that keep politicians, economists, and AI researchers up at night.
It goes on to make two main points: first, that the field of AI is more active than ever before, with minds and money pouring in at an incredible rate; and second, that although AI has overtaken humanity when it comes to performing a few very specific tasks, it’s still extremely limited in terms of general intelligence.
To come to these conclusions, the AI Index looked at a number of measures of progress, including “Volume of activity” and “Technical performance.” The former stat examines how much everything happens in the field, from conference attendance to class enrollment, to VC investment and startups started.
There are definitely tasks where AI has already matched or eclipsed human performance.
In the games AI has “Solved,” the computer can always see everything that’s happening – a quality known to scientists as “Perfect information.” The same can’t be said of other tasks we might set AI on, like managing a city’s transport infrastructure.
AI may be just as accurate as humans when it comes to writing down recorded dialogue, but it can’t gauge sarcasm, identify jokes, or account for a million other pieces of cultural context that are crucial to understanding even the most casual conversation.
While we don’t need to worry about super-intelligent AI running amok any time soon, we do need to think about how machine learning algorithms used today in healthcare, education, and criminal justice, are making biased judgements.
The conclusion of both the AI Index and McKinsey’s study is that these questions, and others, need deep consideration in order to stay ahead of what’s coming.

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Summary of “Why we don’t do what we should be doing?”

Your fear simply indicates the next thing you should be working on.
In retrospect, despite all the struggles and failures I faced, it’s still the one thing I did in my life that I feel proud of.
Why? Because for most things in life, it doesn’t matter if you WIN or if you have got it ALL figured.
Remember this - Perfectionism is a twenty-ton shield that we lug around thinking it will protect us when it’s the thing really preventing us from taking flight.
You might even believe that they are so crucial to your success, that you can’t get things done if you don’t follow them well.
Let me be really honest about one thing here - There will be breaks in those routines that might cause you to lose your momentum.
Maybe you are spending too much time on trivial things or are too distracted to do deep meaningful work?
Lack of planningI have always been so overwhelmed by the enormity of the things that I want to accomplish that the task of sitting down and chalking a plan is what scares the shit out of me.

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Summary of “Former British spy reveals how to remember information without writing”

Former British Secret Service MI6 and Australian Secret Intelligence Service agent Warren Reed learned a simple technique during his spy training to help remember any information without writing it down.
One of the very first things spies learn is how to train their mind to remember more than they normally would, not only to succeed, but also to stay alive.
What do you need to remember? Is it something someone is saying, are they telling a story? Is it an image, where you need to remember the exact colour and shape of something, or is a setting in a room that you need to remember the placement of each object? Is it a long number? Is it a sequence of events?
Can you remember your family home?Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider.
Now, take each important element of the situation, conversation, story, setting or image that you need to remember, and place it in an area of your house on the circuit.
If it’s a long number, or a sequence of things, ascribe an unusual or human element to each element you place, for example give it teeth, make it quack, or give it a particular colour or texture.
By placing the element that you need to remember in an area on a circuit that you know well, you are fixing that unknown element to something known, and are embedding the element in your memory.
Reed says that during spy training, he would often have to remember up to 100 elements, but in an everyday situation, you wouldn’t need to remember more than about 20 elements of information to get a good grasp of the situation you need to recall.

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Summary of “Job Searching? Skip The Job Boards And Take These Five Steps Instead”

Your first instinct might be to search the job boards when you’re looking for a new job.
A single job listing can easily receive hundreds of applications within the first few hours after publishing.
One thing remains true in any job search: You first need to identify the roles and companies you want to apply to.
This is the one stage when you’ll actually want to spend time on job boards, scanning them to build up a clear picture of the skills that employers are looking for.
If you’re a digital marketer looking for an agency role, head over to one of the major job boards and run a search for your target roles and salary.
Create a list of all the hard skills and knowledge that employers are requesting, which in this case might be digital strategy, five years of agency project experience, and specific software tools.
Now you can leave the job boards behind you for good, without ever sending a single application to an opening you’ve found there.
Sending out speculative job applications definitely takes some time and effort, but it can be a great alternative to scouring anemic job boards and coming up dry-or being the 285th person to apply to a given role.

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Summary of “What Mentors Wish Their Mentees Knew”

These latter situations require distinct types of mentors, ones we classify in an upcoming JAMA Internal Medicine paper as coaches, sponsors, and connectors.
Finally, some mentees need a connector, a seasoned guide who can help the mentor and mentee unite, or build a mentorship team.
We tell mentees to find mentors they can see themselves becoming – and make sure they are up to the challenge.
Good mentors are successful for a reason: They manage their time wisely, often doing multiple things at any given time in order to ensure success.
Just as in the world of management, mentees must learn to manage up – that is, to help their mentor guide them.
Mentors are more likely to respond positively to a mentee who presents the upside to their efforts rather than the downside.
We know of mentors who have exited relationships with overly defensive mentees because giving constructive feedback to these individuals became quite time-consuming and emotionally fraught for both parties.
In addition to producing high-quality results with integrity, excellent mentees know what type of help they need, select the right people to help them, finish tasks ahead of schedule, are mindful of their mentor’s time, are energized and engaging, and credit others liberally.

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Summary of “It’s Your Fault People Always Misunderstand You”

If you’re not getting the results you want or if you’re having meeting after meeting and you’re not getting the response you want from your team, it’s time to look at how and what you’re communicating, says Matt Eventoff, owner of Princeton Public Speaking, an executive communication training firm, and the founder of The Oratory Project, which teaches executive communication skills to at-risk young adults.
Avoidance: People only approach you with questions or feedback when they absolutely need to do so, Eventoff says.
First, you need to take an honest look at how you communicate, Grenny says.
Are you thorough, clear, and factual in how you convey yourself? How consistent are you in how you communicate? And, do you involve all of the stakeholders so you can get different perspectives?
Look at how clear you make your expectations-and how open you are to understanding what others expect of you.
Asking curious, open-ended questions encourages dialogue instead of dictating what other people should do or think, Magosky says.
People need to know the outcome that you’re seeking or the result you want, Eventoff says.
Magosky says it’s important to remember that all people have good days and bad days.

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Summary of “A beginner’s guide to Getting Things Done”

Getting Things Done is a time management technique that took the world by storm when it was first published in 2001.
What is GTD?Getting Things Done is much more than just a way to get things done.
It is a framework for organizing and tracking tasks, such that you can 100% trust that the things on your to do list truly are the things you need to do.
Open loops are the things that are niggling at the back of your mind, things you remember when you can’t sleep at four in the morning, things that bug you when you run across them again.
Things you can add to your waiting for list include things that are blocked for any reason - you need a reply to an email you sent before you can continue, or you’re waiting on a delivery.
Don’t include anything that you want to get done on a certain day, only things that must be done.
If you can view your next actions list sorted by context, then you can easily just check your list of things to do ‘at work’ or ‘out shopping’ while you’re in those locations.
You’ll forget to add something to the next actions list, or you’ll forget to remove the things that should no longer be on the list.

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